Day #111: Gaudium Et Spes 21

In the section on human dignity in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, today we continue our look at atheism.

We spent the past few days looking at the various forms atheism takes.  Today, we look at the Church’s response.  And the response is a call to faith, charity, a “proper presentation of the Church’s teaching,” and “sincere and prudent dialogue.”

Here are the footnotes:

16. Cf. Pius XI, encyclical letter Divini Redemptoris, March 19, 1937: AAS 29 (1937), pp. 65-106; Pius XII, encyclical letter Ad Apostolorum Principis, June 29, 1958: AAS 50 (1958) pp. 601-614; John XXIII, encyclical letter Mater et Magistra May 15, 1961: AAS 53 (1961), pp. 451-453; Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam, Aug. 6, 1964: AAS 56 (1964), pp. 651-653.

17. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter I, n. 8: AAS 57 (1965), p. 12.

18 Cf. Phil. 1:27.

19. St. Augustine, Confessions I, 1: PL 32, 661.

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